Navigation

Bishops warn of risks involved in gene technology

Bishops Joseph Doré (left), Oskar saier (middle) and Kurt Koch (right) at the press conference in Basel on Monday Keystone

Swiss, German and French catholic bishops have warned of the risks of biotechnology and called on politicians to respect the dignity of life.

This content was published on April 8, 2002 - 21:53

At a press conference in Basel the bishops of Freiburg, Basel and Strasbourg have asked politicians, scientists and economists to be more alert to the dangers involved in biotechnology and biomedicine.

Oskar Saier from Freiburg, Joseph Doré from Strasbourg and Kurt Koch from Basel described cloning as "downgrading human life" and accused scientists of using the technology to provide a "warehouse for spare parts".

"The artificial production and use of human embryos for research can never be justified ethically," their common statement said.

The bishops also emphasised that the same issues applied to obtaining embryonic cells, even if they were to be used in the treatment of hereditary diseases.

They also called for discussions to determine where the boundaries of justifiable research lie.

Bishop Saier from Freiburg said that not all research was justifiable and emphasised that not all methods, even if needed for treating ill patients, were ethical.

swissinfo with agencies

Articles in this story

This article was automatically imported from our old content management system. If you see any display errors, please let us know: community-feedback@swissinfo.ch

In compliance with the JTI standards

In compliance with the JTI standards

More: SWI swissinfo.ch certified by the Journalism Trust Initiative

Contributions under this article have been turned off. You can find an overview of ongoing debates with our journalists here. Please join us!

If you want to start a conversation about a topic raised in this article or want to report factual errors, email us at english@swissinfo.ch.

Share this story

Change your password

Do you really want to delete your profile?